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Researching technoscientific concerns in the making: narrative structures, public responses, and emerging nanotechnologies


By csep - Posted on 27 September 2010

TitleResearching technoscientific concerns in the making: narrative structures, public responses, and emerging nanotechnologies
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsMacnaghten, Phil
JournalEnvironment & Planning A
Volume42
Issue1
Pagination23-37
Type of ArticleArticle
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number0308518X
Accession Number51867957
KeywordsEQUALITY, NANOTECHNOLOGY, PUBLIC domain, PUBLIC opinion, PUBLIC sphere, SOCIAL aspects, SOCIAL attitudes, SOCIAL participation, SOCIAL sciences, SOCIAL values
Abstract

In this paper, the author analyzes debates on technoscientific governance, narrative, and emergent public attitudes. Building on a piece of social research addressing public responses to the social and ethical dimensions of emerging nanotechnologies, he develops a methodology and mode of analysis designed to take into account four distinctive features of nanotechnology discourse and its constitution in the public sphere, namely: its unfamiliarity; its promissory quality; its uncanniness; and its metaphysical assumptions of progress. He argues that that nanotechnologies offer a site for an intense future politics centred on dilemmas of body invasion, unanticipated risks, nature's revenge, control, inequalities, and pace of change, and reflects on the role of the critical social sciences in such a future technopolitics.

Notes

Macnaghten, Phil 1; Email Address: p.m.macnaghten@durham.ac.uk; Affiliation: 1: Department of Geography, Durham University, Durham DHI 3LE, England; Source Info: Jan2010, Vol. 42 Issue 1, p23; Subject Term: NANOTECHNOLOGY; Subject Term: PUBLIC sphere; Subject Term: PUBLIC domain; Subject Term: SOCIAL sciences; Subject Term: SOCIAL participation; Subject Term: SOCIAL attitudes; Subject Term: PUBLIC opinion; Subject Term: SOCIAL values; Subject Term: EQUALITY; Subject Term: SOCIAL aspects; NAICS/Industry Codes: 541720 Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities; Number of Pages: 15p; Document Type: Article

DOI10.1068/a41349